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Workshops and training for researchers

 Attendance at MRE sessions counts towards Postgraduate Researcher training hours.  Add details to your eProg record following our MRE_eProg_guide.pdf.

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Shut up and write

Shut Up and Write is an event for researchers to come together for a fixed amount of time and write. The aim is not to put pressure on you to be productive, rather, to help you carve out some dedicated time to write and to present a chance to connect with other researchers. It is a great way make progress on those thesis chapters, journal articles, or grant applications.

Whilst two hours doesn't sound like much, it is amazing what you can get done if you really focus. There will be short, scheduled breaks in between writing sessions of 35 minutes, to help keep you motivated and on-task. During the breaks there will also be time to reflect on some of the challenges we are facing as a research community and how we might support one another.

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 10 Mar 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 23 Mar 2021, 14:00 - 16:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 6 Apr 2021, 14:00 - 16:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 22 Apr 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 6 May 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Mon 17 May 2021, 14:00 - 16:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 3 Jun 2021, 14:00 - 16:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Enhance your Public Speaking Skills using Improvisation Techniques

In this fully interactive workshop you will learn a range of improvisation techniques that will improve your confidence about public speaking and informal networking.

Improvisation is a form of unscripted theatre that relies on heightened communication and creativity. Aside from performance, it can be also be used to promote teamwork, enhance presentation skills and ease social anxiety. We will focus on the application of improvisation for improving public speaking skills and will provide you with practical exercises to help you build confidence in communicating with a variety of audiences.

Learn to be more present, feel confident speaking in any setting and embrace failure.

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom.

Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

You can sign up and download the app for free via this link: https://zoom.us/

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 21 Apr 2021, 10:30 - 11:45 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 8 Jun 2021, 14:00 - 15:15 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Pure drop-in

The Pure drop-in will be held online via Zoom. For details of how to join the online session, please log into your Pure account, where you will find log-in details for the session.

Do you have a question about using Pure? Something like:

  • How can I set up my Pure account?
  • How do I upload publications to Pure?
  • How can I extract my Pure data for use elsewhere?

Come along to our Pure drop-in session and ask one of our advisers. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day!

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 21 Apr 2021, 12:30 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 19 May 2021, 12:30 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 16 Jun 2021, 12:30 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Introduction to research data management

Tue 27 Apr 2021, 10:00 - 11:00 BST (GMT+1)

Have you ever had problems finding the latest version of a file, or discovered a file name you did not understand?

Researchers receive, collect and manage a lot of information from different sources ranging from documents, publications and questionnaires to videos and simulations. Managing your information can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

  • Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files
  • Methods for working collaboratively on your files and outputs
  • Writing a data management plan
  • Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom.

Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

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Open Access in five simple steps

Tue 11 May 2021, 13:00 - 14:00 BST (GMT+1)

Open Access (OA) is an essential consideration for all Manchester researchers and PGRs. This bitesize workshop will explain OA and why you should be thinking about openness when undertaking and seeking to publish your research.

This workshop will provide you with the following:

  • Understanding of the benefits of OA for you as an individual researcher, and for the wider world.
  • Awareness of the different ways of publishing OA research.
  • Ability to choose the most appropriate OA method for your work.
  • Knowing how to ensure compliance with institutional and funder OA requirements.
  • Understanding how the Library's Scholarly Communication team can help you.

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

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Writing your Data Management Plan a question and answer session

Wed 12 May 2021, 11:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)

Are you starting to write your Data Management Plan but have questions? Then this hour long session is for you!

The session outline is as follows:

* Introduction: Overview of the Data Management Plan (DMP) and why each section is important - 20mins.

* Q&A: An opportunity to ask any DMP related questions on your mind - 20mins.

* Break: We encourage you to apply what you have learnt to your individual DMP - 10mins.

* Further questions and session wrap up - 10 mins.

If this sounds like something that would be useful to you, book onto a session today and start getting your questions ready.

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom.

Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

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Creating and managing your ORCID

Wed 26 May 2021, 14:30 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)

Ensuring connections between you and your research, ORCIDs are being adopted across all elements of the research community (ie. universities, publishers, funders) as the universal method for uniquely identifying researchers.

They are free to create and link researchers to their research activities.

At this session you can:

* Learn more about the benefits of ORCIDs

* Find out how to create your own ORCID

* Discover how to easily manage your ORCID account

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

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Overview of reference management tools

Fri 28 May 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)

Getting organised: guidance for using reference management tools.

Keeping track of published research, referencing other research outputs in your own writing and identifying new opportunities for collaboration can be time-consuming processes.

In this session we will help you to be well-organised and efficient, showing you how reference management software can help store, organise and annotate references and create accurate citations and bibliographies in thousands of different referencing styles.

Web-based packages also enable you to build academic social networks to share and discuss research publications, identify researchers working in your field and crowd-source the latest publications in your research area.

This workshop will introduce you to using reference management tools and the support provided by The University of Manchester Library.

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Booking onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

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